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Old 11-10-2017, 05:49 PM   #1
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Gas fired steam system with radiators of varying vintages.

Room A is too cold.
Room B is too hot.

Adjust petcock settings and rooms will balance out?
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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Single pipe system or dual pipe system?

If it's a single system open the petcock on A, this will let air out, allowing more steam in. Add air to B (really just leave it alone unless it's unbearably hot).

Dual pipe, adjust the Lockshield valve.

Be very careful letting the air out on A, the latent energy of steam can peel skin right off the bone.

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Single pipe.

That's what I figured. Wasn't sure if I should adjust other rooms down to compensate. I guess there's plenty of steam to go around.
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partially cover the "hot" radiator till the room is comfortable? Install a air vent and thermostatically controlled small fan to move the hot air to the cold area if they are contiguous... louvered door(s) maybe.

Wrap all the pipes with fiberglass insulation to the 'cold' room.

Reduce heat loss in cold room... Storm windows etc...insulate attic space.

Goggle single pipe steam heat adjustments.... really...
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partially cover the "hot" radiator till the room is comfortable? Install a air vent and thermostatically controlled small fan to move the hot air to the cold area if they are contiguous... louvered door(s) maybe.

Wrap all the pipes with fiberglass insulation to the 'cold' room.

Reduce heat loss in cold room... Storm windows etc...insulate attic space.

Goggle single pipe steam heat adjustments.... really...
Storms and insulation are next up. Kind of going room at a time and haven't gotten to that one yet. Hoping I could do some slight of hand to get through this winter, then properly address everything before next year.
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Make sure to drain any water before messing wth the rest.

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